Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Talent to Write {Day 16}

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“ challenge you to be courageous enough to fling wide the door, open wide the windows, throw out your arms in vulnerability to the experiences of life. Let them engulf your spirit, deluge your heart. Let LIFE enter your senses and understanding fullpersoned. Let it invade; let it flood through; let it explode. Only the accessible soul can reach the heights of writing creatively.

The definition of talent in regard to ‘the spark’ of genius is yours or you would have no desire to write. The definition of talent as ‘long patience’ is the one that must concern you. To write creatively will mean hard work, much time, and a great deal of effort in learning to live, think, and write with meaning.                                              
So. You are confronted with this axiom: ‘The spark’ of talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it (the long patience required) is your gift to Him.”

~ Ruth Vaughn, ‘Write to Discover Yourself’

This is what I have wondered: is it more courageous to write about our experiences in life or to actually embrace them first?
A far greater thing than having words published, is the life that it forced to be really lived, that we wake up to our experiences, that we develop the ‘art of living’ as the author above mentions in her book.



31 Days
This is part of a series, linking up with Nester, for the month of October.

You will find the rest of the series, Write to Discover Yourself: My Story His Glory, here

It is a series of posts of sharing what I am learning in Ruth Vaughn’s book, 'Write to Discover Yourself'.



1 comment:

  1. What a great quote. I think we have to embrace and on our experiences to be able to write about them with honesty. I love the part about long patience being our gift to God. That's the hard part.

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